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TWELVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BTN

1.    BTN IS A NATIONAL NETWORK: All BTN events are televised to a national audience, with BTN in more than 52 million homes in the U.S. and Canada. BTN also is available via BTN2Go International. BTN has more subscribers outside the Big Ten region than inside.
2.    EVENTS MORE THAN DOUBLED: BTN is planning to air more than 1,000 HD events across all platforms in 2013-14, as well as original programming, studio shows and classic games. In 2007-08 (BTN’s first year), BTN aired more than 400 live events as well as studio shows, original programming and classic games.
3.    FULL RANGE OF DIGITAL, MOBILE, SOCIAL MEDIA EXTENSIONS: The BTN2Go mobile app is available to authenticated subscribers of participating video providers on tablets, smartphones, and PCs, and is the second-most widely distributed “TV Everywhere” sports app.  The 24/7 BTN simulcast also offers on-demand access to BTN’s deep archive of games and original programming and Extra Football Game Channels.  BTN2Go International is available to those living or working abroad.
4.    FULL DIGITAL ACCESS: Since launch, BTN has possessed the digital rights to all home events BTN televises, plus all non-televised events held on Big Ten campuses. The Big Ten Digital Network streams more than 500 live events at BTN.com and on school websites. BTN Connect is a second-screen experience that aggregates online conversations about the Big Ten among fans, media, players and coaches.
5.    WHO GETS BTN? MILLIONS OF FANS: BTN has ubiquitous distribution across the U.S. and Canada, including carriage by all the major video distributors, such as DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Communications, Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Rogers Cable, Shaw and Shaw Direct (Canada) and approximately 300 additional video providers across North America.
6.    TOP TIER GAMES: During the 2012 football season, 14 of 42 live games featured a team ranked in the final AP top 25. More than half the men’s basketball schedule on BTN had a team ranked in the final AP top 25.
7.     VIEWERSHIP CONTINUES TO GROW: BTN Football Saturday ratings were up 18 percent in 2012. The 2012-13 BTN basketball season included the two most-viewed regular season men’s basketball games in BTN history, and six of the top 10 most viewed.
8.    SEE ALL THE GAMES: Together with its video distributors, BTN deploys “Extra Football Game Channels” in the fall to televise BTN football games occurring at the same time so fans can see the game they most want to watch regardless of where they live.
9.    DEDICATED TO WOMEN’S SPORTS: No other network devotes as much to women’s sports as BTN. The network schedule annually features over 400 women’s events. Each week during the academic year, the network airs the Big Ten Women’s Sports Report, a program dedicated exclusively to the highlights and accomplishments of female Big Ten student-athletes.
10.    ON-THE-JOB EXPERIENCE:  BTN has provided hundreds of students an opportunity to participate in live sports production through Student U. Since 2009, Big Ten students on each campus have produced and announced hundreds of events, offering them a unique opportunity to gain real-world experience and for the network to train the production stars of tomorrow.
11.    EXCELLENCE ACKNOWLEDGED: BTN has earned two Sports Emmy nominations for The Journey: Big Ten Basketball, and was also recognized with its first Edward R. Murrow Award in the category of excellence in sports reporting.
12.    LIVING BIG, GIVING BACK: BTN LiveBig is a pro-social initiative that encourages Big Ten fans to act, serve and inspire through a television series that profiles alumni, students and supporters who are “living big” through their service to others.

-April 2013

Q: Who can see BTN programming?
Q: How many events are on BTN annually?
Q: Is there a good balance between men’s and women’s sports on BTN?
Q: In addition to sporting events, what other programs should I expect to see on BTN?
Q: How can I watch BTN via Internet stream?
Q: Which football and basketball games air on BTN?
Q. Which Olympic sporting events (e.g. field hockey, soccer, wrestling, etc.) air on the network?
Q: Does BTN televise multiple football games when there are overlapping games?
Q: How are football and basketball start times determined?
Q: I missed the game, when will it replay? Can I purchase a DVD copy?
Q: Does BTN televise hockey?
Q: Does BTN televise NCAA Championship events?
Q: Does BTN produce games and programming in HD?
Q: Does BTN offer radio broadcasts for live events?
Q: How are Big Ten’s Best and Greatest Games selected? Are Nebraska and Penn State featured in the Big Ten’s Best and Greatest Games series?
Q: I love the Big Ten, but I don’t always want to watch sports. Does BTN feature non-sports programming?
Q. How does BTN involve students in productions?
Q. Does BTN also offer internships?
Q: Has BTN received any awards?
Q: How does BTN select its on-air talent?
Q: Where are BTN studios located?
Q. How do I apply for a job at BTN?

Q: Who can see BTN programming?

A: BTN is an internationally distributed television network currently available in more than 90 million homes in the United States and Canada. Every one of BTN’s 650+ events is televised to a national audience. BTN also can be seen in approximately 20 countries via Fox Sports International. BTN subscribers whose providers offer BTN2Go, the 24/7 BTN simulcast, can access BTN anywhere, any time. Since launch BTN has possessed the digital rights to all events, and through the complete aggregation of each Big Ten university’s digital content, BTN in 2011 launched the Big Ten Digital Network. The Big Ten Digital Network will stream hundreds of live events that are not televised on BTN during the 2012-2013 academic year.

BTN currently has agreements with more than 300 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Atlantic Broadband, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DISH, Mediacom, Rogers (Canada), Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. Click here to get the BTN channel in your area.

Q: How many events are on BTN annually?

A: BTN is on the air 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. The network nationally televises more than 650 events and streams hundreds of live events each year. Each year’s schedule includes approximately 40 football games, 105 regular season men’s basketball games, Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament games, 55 women’s basketball games, Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament games, hundreds of additional Olympic sports events and dozens of Big Ten championship events.

Q: Is there a good balance between men’s and women’s sports on BTN?

A: No other network devotes as much to women’s sports as BTN. Over five years BTN has produced nearly 1,500 women’s sporting events, in the sports of basketball, ice hockey, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field and volleyball. This past academic year, BTN increased the number of productions by 20 percent from the previous year with 550 women’s events. Each week during the academic year, the network produces and airs the Big Ten Women’s Sports Report, a program dedicated exclusively to the highlights and accomplishments of female Big Ten student-athletes. Last fall BTN.com also rolled out a feature called “Gimme Five,” where former Northwestern basketball player and current journalist Patricia Babcock-McGraw conducted interviews with a variety of Big Ten women’s basketball players.

Q: In addition to sporting events, what other programs should I expect to see on BTN?

A: BTN also produces a large number of studio shows and original programming. The network’s documentary-style basketball series, The Journey, was nominated for an Emmy in 2010 along with HBO’s Hard Knocks, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, ESPN’s E:60 and CBS’ production of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The story-telling success of the Journey during the basketball season has led BTN to offer a football version of the show in fall 2012.

Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Keith Jackson has hosted Big Ten Icons, a series that celebrates the top coaches and student-athletes in the conference’s 100+ year history and includes Red Grange, Magic Johnson, Jesse Owens, Woody Hayes, Bob Knight and Bo Schembechler, among others.

Every BTN football game telecast is surrounded by Big Ten Football Saturday, the network’s pre-game, halftime and post-game show hosted by Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason.

BTN also televises a large number of press conferences, including but not limited to breaking news, coaching hires and post—game interviews.

In 2011-2012 BTN produced over 400 hours of original programming and studio shows.

The network’s other studio and original programming lineup includes BTN LiveBIG, Tailgate 48, The Next Level, Big Ten Football & Beyond, #BTN Live, Big Ten Football Report, Step Into My Office, Big Ten Basketball Report, Big Ten Basketball & Beyond, B1G Diamond Report, Big Ten Women’s Sports Report, The Big Ten’s Greatest Games and Big Ten’s Best.

Q: How can I watch BTN via Internet stream?

A: BTN offers two different streaming services, BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network.

BTN2Go is a 24/7 simulcast of BTN that delivers live programming to existing BTN subscribers via tablets, smartphones, and PCs as well as on-demand access to BTN’s deep archive of games and original programming and Extra Football Game Channels.

For more information please visit BTN2Go.com.

Currently, BTN2Go distribution partners include Bright House, Cablevision, Charter, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Time Warner Cable, WOW!, and Verizon FiOS. We are working with many other TV providers to launch BTN2Go as soon as possible.

The Big Ten Digital Network streams hundreds of additional untelevised events via subscription. The Big Ten Digital Network features live game broadcasts, exclusive behind-the-scenes video, game highlights, original programming and press conferences from 25 men’s and women’s sports across the Big Ten Conference, with additional coverage from conference postseason tournaments and events. Fans only looking for access to a single school’s content can still subscribe to just that school on monthly and annual renewing terms. For more information please visit video.btn.com.

Q: Which football and basketball games air on BTN?

A: Each seasonthe Big Ten Conference divides its home games between its television partners, including BTN, ESPN and ABC in football, and BTN, ESPN and CBS for men’s basketball, ensuring that all Big Ten home football and men’s basketball games are televised to a national audience. Television agreements for games that are contested at away or neutral sites are determined by the host school or organization.

Q. Which Olympic sporting events (e.g. field hockey, soccer, wrestling, etc.) air on the network?

A: In the fall BTN airsWrestling, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Field Hockey and Men’s and Women’s Cross Country. In the winter BTN airs Ice Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving, Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field, and Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics. In the spring BTN airsBaseball, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Men’s and Women’s Golf, Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field and Rowing.

The conference and its television partners determine which events will be televised. Consideration is given to appealing matchups while striving to achieve a balance between sports and universities represented. BTN does include a number of wildcard dates in the schedule to allow some matchup flexibility.

Q: Does BTN televise multiple football games when there are overlapping games?

A: BTN uses Extra Football Game Channels to televise BTN football games occurring at the same time. These Extra Football Game Channels are only available on Saturdays during the football season.

BTN has offered all of its TV providers the opportunity to make these Extra Football Game Channels available to their subscribers. Satellite providers such as DIRECTV and DISH and telco providers, including AT&T U-Verse and Verizon FiOS, make every BTN football broadcast available on either the primary BTN channel or Extra Football Game Channels. Cable systems usually assign different channel numbers in every market for the Extra Football Game Channels. All “Extra Football Game Channels” are also available on BTN2Go. Channel numbers typically are assigned mid-week for that weekend’s games. Check your channel number here for the game you want to watch.

Q: How are football and basketball start times determined?

A: BTN works with the conference, universities and other television partners to determine the start times for each Big Ten football and basketball game. The time zone of where the game is played and facility availability also factor into the decision. Typically, football games are aired at noon, 3:30 and 8 PM ET.

Q: I missed the game, when will it replay? Can I purchase a DVD copy?

A: BTN’s programming schedule, up to the next 14 days, is available for viewing here: http://www.BTN.com/shows. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to fill DVD requests at this time.

Q: Does BTN televise hockey?

A: Yes, and with the Big Ten Hockey Conference beginning play in 2013-14, BTN will have a greater opportunity to obtain rights to games. Big Ten teams currently compete in the CCHA and WCHA conferences and rights to some of those games have been locked up in long-term contracts.

Q: Does BTN televise NCAA Championship events?

A: The NCAA controls the television and digital rights for all NCAA Tournament and Championship events. In some cases, the NCAA will grant the BTN the rights to broadcast specific games. Over the past several years, BTN has televised such tournament games as Northwestern women’s lacrosse, Michigan softball, and Purdue baseball.

Q: Does BTN produce games and programming in HD?

A: BTN produces and makes available all of its programming and live events in HD. It is the decision of each individual TV provider to offer BTN programming in HD.

Q: Does BTN offer radio broadcasts for live events?

A: Each individual school owns the rights to their radio broadcasts, and therefore BTN cannot use radio broadcasts for Big Ten events.

Q: How are Big Ten’s Best and Greatest Games selected? Are Nebraska and Penn State featured in the Big Ten’s Best and Greatest Games series?

A: BTN has decided to include all current conference schools within its Big Ten’s Best and Big Ten’s Greatest Games shows, meaning that Nebraska and Penn State coaches, student-athletes and/or games are included.

Q: I love the Big Ten, but I don’t always want to watch sports. Does BTN feature non-sports programming?

A: Yes, from the time of the network’s launch, BTN has offered B1G universities the opportunity to produce programming to air on BTN. Hundreds of programs featuring the stories and personalities that make each campus special have aired since BTN launched in 2007.

In addition, the network recently created two additional programs. BTN LiveBIG, which will debut a second season this fall, profiles alumni, students and supporters who are “living big” through their service to others. Hosted by former Michigan football standout Dhani Jones, BTN LiveBIG hasprofiled individuals such as Tony Dungy, Jane Pauley and Tom Osborne. In addition, viewers can learn more about these inspirational stories and others at BTNLiveBIG.com, where they can also discover ways they can act, serve and inspire through 25 partner service organizations.

In January 2012, the network debuted IMPACT the World, a powerful eight-part series showcasing some of the incredible research breakthroughs being made at Big Ten universities and how these advances impact people in the U.S. and around the world. To view some previously aired clips click here.

Q. How does BTN involve students in productions?

A. Since the network launched, BTN has provided hundreds of students an opportunity to participate in live sports production and internships. In 2009, BTN launched Student U, in which Big Ten students on each campus produce and announce events, offering them a unique opportunity to gain real-world experience and for the network to train the production stars of tomorrow. The events are streamed live, and many then air on delay on BTN, providing unprecedented exposure for the conference’s Olympic sports programs.

Q. Does BTN also offer internships?

A. Each year, BTN welcomes a variety of students to work in such areas as production, communications and marketing. Additionally, BTN frequently hires marketing interns on campuses to help with programs throughout the year

Q: Has BTN received any awards?

A: BTN has earned two Sports Emmy nominations for The Journey: Big Ten Basketball, and was also recognized with its first Edward R. Murrow Award in the category of excellence in sports reporting for its feature story on Brock Mealer.

BTN’s communications team earned a 2009 Beacon Award for reputation management. BTN2Go won the 2011 Product of the Year Award from Cable Spotlight. BTN’s marketing team has won numerous awards, including CableFAXIES, Gold Mark, and Beacon awards for several campaigns since 2008. The marketing team’s creation of an interactive life-sized hologram of former Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George earned several marketing awards including, 2009 AdWeek’s Best Use of Out of Home.

Q: How does BTN select its on-air talent?

A: BTN hires well-known analysts and play-by-play announcers who have quality experience in the Big Ten and college sports landscape, including Gus Johnson, Gary Williams, Jim Jackson, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and others. A full list of our talent can be found here.

Q: Where are BTN studios located?

A: BTN studios and offices are located in the historic Montgomery Ward Catalog Building in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

Q. How do I apply for a job at BTN?

A: Any available positions at BTN will be posted at FoxCareers.com.

-Updated July 2012